I’m Officially a Pittsburgh VMUG Leader!

Hey everyone! I’ll be kicking off the start of 2019 with some exciting news! I am now officially the newest member of the Pittsburgh VMUG Leadership Team! Though I’m technically the rookie of the group, I’ll be helping the other leaders plan meetings, find venues, coordinate food and drink, find presenters, find sponsors, and of course, set the meeting dates (among other things). I know I’ll need quite a bit of guidance at first, but I also know I have a great team that’s here to help!

So why did I want to become a VMUG Leader? Years ago, when I first started coming to these meetings, I was just as an attendee looking to learn what I could from others. Over time, I kept seeing familiar faces and began making friends. Then in October 2017, I was finally convinced to give a community presentation about how I learned PowerCLI. That changed everything! After that talk, I wanted to:

  • Get even more involved in the vCommunity
  • Share even more knowledge and experiences with others
  • Help others overcome fear presenting in front of others
  • Help others grow and excel in their careers
  • Attend other VMUGs outside of my region to learn more and meet others
  • And of course, continue learning

As you can see, I was hooked! At VMworld US in 2018, I was asked if I had ever given any thought to applying for the role of VMUG Leader. I honestly never considered it before, but I was also worried about the extra time commitment that might be required for such a task. However, it would be a great way to give back to the community and help the other leaders on the team.

Obviously, you can see where this is going… but after giving it a lot of thought and consideration, I applied! Not long afterwards, I was accepted into the leadership team, took the required VMUG Leader training, and now it’s official!

Thank you to everyone who convinced me to apply! I’m looking forward to this new opportunity and can’t wait to get started!

Our next official Pittsburgh VMUG meeting is set for Friday, February 8th from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Penn Brewery. The community presentations will focus on VMware security; Chris Sproull will discuss System Hardening Best Practices and Concepts, and Greg Bates will discuss his experience with the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities. Special thanks to this meeting’s sponsor, Zerto! To register, visit the PGH VMUG Community page and fill out the form. As always, registration is free, and we hope to see you there!

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